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Newsforge Highlights Lesser Known Open Source Games
10:10 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Recently Newsforge featured five open source games available for a variety of platforms including Mac OS X. While perhaps not as well known as open source titles such as Freeciv, Newsforge recommends gamers give these five titles a look.

Here's a description of the five games:

BOXit: BOXit is a simple Java-based puzzle game, where you have to remove tiles with the same color or value by dragging tiles one over another. The trick is that you can only remove tiles that are on the same row or column. The goal of the game is to remove as many tiles as possible. The game stops when you have no more moves left. The fewer tiles left on the board, the higher the score you get.

StroQ: StroQ is another "simple" puzzle game, where you have to draw a single continuous line -- the stroke -- from one square to another. When you run the puzzle by pressing the F5 key, white and black squares along this line will flip over (white become black, and black become white). The puzzle is solved when all the tiles in each row have the same color.

JDuplicate: If you want to play Scrabble on your computer, look no further than Java-based JDuplicate. Scrabble is a multi-player game, and JDuplicate allows you to connect to a JDuplicate server to play with other users and even chat with them. You can connect to the official server, which is provided as the default with the JDuplicate client, or you can set up your own server and play Scrabble on a local network. JDuplicate supports English, Russian, and French, and you can easily add other languages.

netPanzer: If you like fast-paced tactical battle games, try netPanzer. This multi-player game allows you to join one of the available servers, or set up your own. The main objective is to occupy outposts and destroy enemy tanks. Although your strategy for each game will vary, you can start by occupying outposts. Since the occupied outposts can act as production facilities, you can use them to produce tanks.

jRisk: As the name implies, jRisk is a Java-based computer version of the well-known turn-based strategy board game Risk, so if you've ever played conventional Risk, you already know the basics. However, jRisk adds a couple of additional tweaks to the original game. Notably, the application allows you to play three different types of games: Domination, Capital, and Secret Mission. Unlike conventional Risk, jRisk offers six map views; besides the familiar Continents view, you have Ownership, Border Threat, Card Ownership, Troop Strength, and Connected Empire. These views help you keep tabs on your empire, detect threats, and manage your troops more effectively.

For the entire feature and the games please follow the links below.

Newsforge: Five Open Source Games
BOXit
StroQ
JDuplicate
netPanzer
jRisk


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